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Monday, January 28, 2013

Heaven and Earth: A Meditation on the Symbols of the Puerto Rican Heart

Sacred Heart of the Earth, 20" x 16", oil on canvas, 2012.

Heaven and Earth: A Meditation on the Symbols of the Puerto Rican Heart

by Tanya Torres

Heaven and Earth is a traveling exhibition of paintings inspired by spiritual symbols surviving in the heritage of Puerto Rican culture, and reinterpreted within a contemporary vision.

From the Prague Congress Centre, where it was first exhibited  in April 2012, it will now reach audiences in the community where it was inspired and created.

Heaven and Earth will be traveling  throughout East Harlem and Washington Heights during 2013, starting at:

La Casa de la Herencia Cultural Puertorriqueña
1230 Fifth Avenue, between 104 and 105 Streets, enter at 104 street and Fifth Avenue
(212) 722 - 2600 Cell (212) 470 - 8228

Exhibition Dates: January 22 to February 26

Opening Reception: February 2, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

Free Bookmaking Workshop: Saturday, February 9th, 2:30-4:30 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 16), limited to 12, reserve by emailing me: tanyaetorres[at]yahoo.com. The Bookmaking Workshop is full. Email me to sign up for a waiting list for the next available workshop.

Noche de arte, letras y vida: Tertulia, February 9th, 7:30-9:00 p.m. (Snow date: Feb. 16)

Artist Talks for visiting groups throughout the month (Inquire with La Casa)

For more information, and other exhibition sites, please visit this page.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Art Workshop for Children this Saturday

I will be revealing all my tile painting secrets in this workshop. Kids only! Click on the picture to learn more. Here is the invitation:

Dear Friends and Families,
For the month of January, we are hosting Saturday workshops led by artists featured in our current exhibition! Last weekend was great!

For those who missed out on last week’s art workshops, don’t fret: We continue our January Saturday workshops with artists, Tanya Torres at 10:30am and Al Johnson at 1:00pm this weekend!

During the workshops, the professional artists will share some of their tricks of the trade. The 10:30am class is open to 5-11-year-olds and the 1:00 class is for ages 12+ and Adults.  Each workshop is priced at only $15/child with a 10% discount for siblings! Need-based scholarships are also readily available.

Unfortunately, until further notice, the 1:00 workshops are full. Please let us know if you are interested and you’ll be first on the list for our February workshops featuring more great artists!

No registration is necessary for this Saturday’s 10:30 workshop! Just walk in J
Please view the attached for more info…

Thank you,

The LNAC Management and Staff
Arts Horizons
LeRoy Neiman Art Center
2785 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY


Friday, January 04, 2013

Free Three Kings Day Art Workshop

Los Tres Reyes y el Niño por Tanya Torres

You and your children are invited to a free Three Kings Day art workshop:

Saturday, January 5, 2013 at Holy Rosary Church in East Harlem. 12 p.m. Address: 119 street between Pleasant and First Avenues. We'll be printing greeting cards. Bring your child!

Madrina at the 36th Three Kings Day Parade

Poster for  the 36th Annual Three Kings Day Parade by artist  Carla Torres
I am honored to be a Madrina for the Three Kings in the Museo del Barrio Three Kings Day parade! Some photos here: New York City Celebrates Three Kings Day at NBCLatino by Kristina Puga.

Thursday, January 03, 2013


The Extraction of God by Tanya Torres
Digital artwork, 2004
Battle Body Series
In 2008, I received a link from artist and friend Yasmin Hernández in which she shared a information about a grant for women artists who are living with cancer or are cancer survivors. I applied, but never heard anything else about it... until today! I got a letter 4 years later informing me I have received the $500 grant to use in any way I want.

I feel deeply moved and grateful, and hope to use the money in some way that benefits other cancer survivors/patients. Since it has been a while, I do not have a specific plan yet, but I have begun by creating a page to the cancer-inspired artwork I made after receiving the stem-cell transplant, titled the Battle Body Series. I look forward to also making available the English translation of the poems. Here is a free book with the poems in Spanish. This book also contains instructions on how to construct your own hand-made book.

Women artists: for more information and to apply for this grant, please visit: Capelli d'Angeli Foundation.

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

A New Year, A Magdalene Celebration!

Surrender by Tanya Torres
My year began thinking of Mary Magdalene! Mark this date on your calendar: July 21, 2013, at St. Mark's Church in the Bowery, a great Magdalenic Celebration together with my beloved friend Raquel Z. Rivera. Please save the date and join us!
¡Empecé el año pensando en la Magdalena! Apunta: 21 de julio de 2013, St. Mark's in the Bowery, una gran celebración magdalénica junto a mi adorada  Raquel Z. Rivera. ¡Te esperamos!